A new study by early childhood researchers looks at four important features of a centre’s physical environment.
People, policies, practice and place all matter in publicly funded, school-based children’s early learning programs.
Given the clear importance of language skills for lifelong outcomes, it is critical to set children up early for language success.
Parents and caregivers are vital partners in education, and together, educators and families can ease back-to-school jitters and help make this an exciting and positive transition for children.
Canada has much to learn from other countries about better ways of providing learning and care for children.
Where new early learning and child-care programs are located, how they are designed, built and resourced, and what they teach can either add to the problem of climate change or help mitigate it.
The lack of a fully interactive environment in kindergarten due to pandemic school closures may negatively impact some children’s learning in later grades.
Stable child care can protect kids in the face of major life stressors — so should subsidy policies.
The system has several elements and many problems. Making it fit for purpose will take a lot of work and even more resources than those that have just been announced.
Ontario’s flat fee for child care should be replaced by an income-tested fee reflecting family incomes.
This week’s announcements will add to the need to train more early childhood workers and to ensure they are more diverse in a way that better reflects our multicultural society.
Dads and caregivers play important roles in supporting the development of loving relationships.
A study of students across Canada between 2004 and 2015 provides an estimate of anxiety symptoms in kindergarteners, and can serve as a baseline for comparing children’s anxiety after COVID-19.
Kindergarten educators who taught from home during COVID-19 and who were primarily responsible for their own children self-reported poorer mental health than those without these responsibilities.
Researchers and educators with the Climate Action Childhood network are generating responses to climate change alongside young children.
Staff recruitment and retention challenges aren’t seen in public child-care centres, where educators are paid substantially more, are unionized and have professional development opportunities.
Among provinces, Ontario is the least generous supporter of its childhood educator workforce. Parents pay the price in available child-care spaces if a staffing recruitment crisis does not improve.
The new learning and child care agreement requires a paradigm shift as we begin to consider early learning and child care as a public service.
A chasm has opened up between early childhood learning and the first years of compulsory schooling. Kids go from playing to being tested in the blink of an eye, and their learning is poorer for it.
Early exposure to everyday math at home predicts children’s school mathematics outcomes.